MLB & Bud Selig Bugging Out Over PEDs AGAIN

Don't worry, Bud Selig, the savior from steroids, is on the case.

Don’t worry, Bud Selig, the savior from steroids, is on the case.

A murder of crows team of MLB attorneys uncorked a vintage bottle of litigation last March, filing a lawsuit against creeper and moose-antler-goo peddler Tony Bosch, also naming his company (Biogenesis of America) and several others as defendants.

The suit was prompted by an investigative report on Biogenesis by the Miami New Times and as the potentially damning documents, statements, witness lists and other civil accoutrements have entered the public case file, the names of specific players—including some of the League’s biggest stars have surfaced.

A sampling: Alex “Bench Digits” Rodriquez, Miquel Cabrera and Ryan Braun.

As the MLB proceeds in its investigation, the focus has begun to shift to uncovering evidence which potentially implicates active players. Most recently, it was revealed that the League has issued a new round of subpoenas at the end of May doing exactly that. In baseballs crosshairs: phone records from Federal Express, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA.

I assume the typical incriminating nugget is something like this:

T-Bosch: Yo, where u at?

A-Rizzle: Home. Wassup?

T-Bosch: Give me a ring, I’ve got your moose juice.

A-Rizzle: 😀 Cool! Gonna get a faaaaaat neeeeeeck.

Thus, sometime in the near future MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is going to hold a press conference featuring a stage, lighting and schedule intended to enhance his image as a confident, principled and fair leader who has a duty to defend the spirit of “America’s Pastime.”

However, he’ll look weathered and angry announcing the names of those players who are being suspended due to PED use; a guy orchestrating a public relations campaign in guise of justice. Doesn’t this dude know we’re on to him already?

Yes…Major League Baseball has managed to make some like Alex Rodriguez more sympathetic. One of the most impossible tasks in the history of the world. He’s like the Ted Bundy of MLB.

Players who break the rules, potentially jeopardize the health of themselves and othersall in the name of gaining a competitive edge—deserve to be punished. However, it’s been over a decade since the original scandal pulled the curtain back on the extent and scale of PED use, and the same haphazard, opportunistic approach is in place.

Meanwhile the sport itself is decaying from the inside-out, even if the turnip-squeezing business model and revenue welfare system keeps the bottom half of the MLB afloat—sad, but afloat.

Insane, bloated free agent contracts, disconnected stars and the shadow of the asterisk—these alienate fans of small-to-midmarket clubs and disgust those pulling for the big-spenders…once it becomes clear most of it was wasted.

The result? Ambivalence toward the players who benefit and outrage at Selig and others at the top who enable it. And, like those radios installed in every home in North Korea, which can’t be turned off and broadcast propaganda; ESPN dedicates much of their baseball coverage to the usual suspects: Boston, New York, Chicago Cubs, et al.

So, go ahead and send hundreds of millions of dollars home for much of the season…if not all of it, but all you’re doing—without transforming the League’s structure and embracing the true value of its fans—you’re burying baseball under a sea of asterisks.

Just admit you're lying, because nobody cares anymore.

Just admit you’re lying, because nobody cares anymore.

Why not just send everyone home for the season and give them a little bit of time to think about what they’ve done. It would spare the public their dog and pony show and spare teams like the L.A. Angels of Anaheim missing the playoffs again and the Pirates racking up their 21st consecutive losing season.

Anyone else wondering if PEDs are the biggest problem in baseball anymore?

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